A New Jersey middle school student overdosed on two of the deadliest drugs around, police confirm, and school taunting and bullying may have played a part in his death.
New York Post reports that Vincent Weiner, 13, died from a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, Vincent’s mother, Jamie Lund, doesn’t know where or how her son obtained the drugs, but she said he’d been bullied relentlessly for the past several weeks.
“The two weeks or so prior [to Vincent’s death] there had been unusual behavior at school, it was discovered that he had been cutting. And stories of bullying in school began to surface.”
Lund is pleading for answers in her son’s death.
“Anyone, anyone who has any information on where he got it, please please please contact me or Chief Leusner or [any] of the officers of the Middle Township Police Department. Whoever is supplying these babies with drugs, needs to be stopped!” she said in a Facebook post. “My heart is broken, shattered into a million pieces. Thank you all for your continued support.”
Vincent was found unresponsive on a bed in his grandparents’ home in Rio Grande home on June 4. He later passed away in a local hospital from “acute intoxication of fentanyl and heroin.” Vincent was a 7th grader at Middle Township Middle School.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) states that fentanyl is a strong opioid analgesic medication that’s “50 to 100 times more potent” than the powerful painkiller, morphine. Fentanyl, a schedule II prescription drug, is intended only for patients undergoing severe pain or pain associated with surgery. It’s generally administered under a doctor’s supervision via injections, patches, or lozenges. When taken in excess and without a physician’s guidance, it can cause respiratory failure and lead to death.
The medical examiner wrote the Vincent had more fentanyl than heroin in his system.
The case is still ongoing. Anyone with any information should call the Middle Township police at 609-465-8700.
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